A Busy February at ECSI

ANAB Registrar Application

Preparation of the ECSI Assurance ANAB application for ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 registrar accreditation consumed a great deal of our time and effort last month.   The process requires that we address all of the requirements of ISO 17021, ISO 19011 and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Guidelines.  ANAB and IAF put great emphasis on impartiality and processes that will ensure the minimization of potential conflict of interest in the certification services we will be providing.  The ANAB impartiality process requires that we perform an independent review of audit reports before we make a certification decision.  This step cannot be performed by the auditors who conducted the actual registration audit.  It is additional assurance that the audit was conducted competently and objectively.  We are looking for folks who are familiar with the requirements of ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 who are interested in performing reviews of reports on a contract basis for us when we begin actual registration audits.  Let us know if you are interested, and we can fill you in on the details of the work.

Another ANAB and IAF challenge is defining the process we will use to determine auditors’ competence to perform EHSMS audits for us.  The process must include an evaluation of our auditors’ skills, knowledge, and personal attributes, as well as observations of our auditors actually performing audits before we deem them qualified.

TaskTracker CPAR Database

We have also been working on a major upgrade to the web-based TaskTracker corrective and preventive action system that we offer to our audit clients to help them track CPARs and other EHS tasks from creation through closure.  Several clients who are already using TaskTracker had some great ideas for improvements, which we are now implementing.  We have not been charging folks to use TaskTracker and will likely continue that practice for the basic version.  Here are links to flow diagrams that give an idea of the TaskTracker process for CPAR Tasks and EHS Tasks. We will be providing more information about the TaskTracker upgrade later.  Let us know if you are interested in trying it out.  We are looking for volunteers.

EHSMS Internal Auditor Course

In February, we also invested significant effort in a revised edition of our EHSMS Internal Auditor Training Course.  This course has evolved over the last 10 years based on our experiences in teaching the course and on customer and student feedback.  In this revision, we have added a few new activities that will help students understand the relationship between audit criteria, audit evidence, and audit findings.  We believe that this will make them better auditors, and that it will improve the overall quality of the internal audits they perform.

The course includes a day and a half of actual auditing, so that we can check if the added materials are effective in preparing students to perform internal audits.  The next course is will be in the New Orleans area the last week of March 28, 2011.

It’s a Go!  Madison, WI ISO 14001 EMS Lead Auditor Course

Only a few seats are left in our ISO 14001 EMS Lead Auditor Course in Madison, Wisconsin, March 28 – April 1, 2011.

Register today to confirm your place in this widely acclaimed course for EH&S professionals.  Space is limited, and we only offer this course once a year.

This is an RABQSA-certified course and can be used to obtain Lead Auditor certification from RABQSA.  The course is also perfect for those who are responsible for implementing an ISO 14001 EMS and for those who are performing EMS internal audits.  Here is a link to our website for more information, or you can call


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About Kevin Lehner

Kevin has been president of ECSI for over 25 years. His practice focuses on environmental and health and safety management systems training, consulting and auditing. He is an active member of the US Technical Advisory Committees to ISO 14001 and ISO 45001. He represents that USA at international meetings of these committees. He is also the lead developer of the CorrectTrack corrective action tracking app.